CareSearch Blog: Palliative Perspectives

The views and opinions expressed in our blog series are those of the authors and are not necessarily supported by CareSearch, Flinders University and/or the Australian Government Department of Health.
 

End-of-life care needs of adults with long-standing physical disability

A guest blog post by Dr Ruth Walker, Head of Teaching Section (Applied Gerontology) and Senior Lecturer (Disability and Community Inclusion), College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

  • 4 June 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 684
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End-of-life care needs of adults with long-standing physical disability

Due to advances in medicine, people with physical disabilities are living longer. While end-of-life care should be readily accessible for this group, the care needs of people with significant physical disabilities arguably adds an additional layer of complexity to such care. Dr Ruth Walker from Flinders University discusses end-of-life care needs for adults with long-standing physical disability and the new research she is involved in to explore the specific needs of people with physical disabilities who are at the end-of-life, as well as the needs of their families and the support staff who help care for them.

Is your palliative care service meeting the National Palliative Care Standards?

A guest blog post by Kate Reed-Cox, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner (MN) and National Clinical Advisor, Palliative Care Australia

  • 21 May 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 758
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Is your palliative care service meeting the National Palliative Care Standards?

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) is the peak body for palliative care representing all those who work towards high quality palliative care for all Australians. Working with the government, it sets the standard by which services can be assessed. Kate Reed-Cox from PCA discusses how the new Palliative Care Self Assessment program provides services with a secure online portal to self-assess against the National Palliative Care Standards (5th ed.), and the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (2nd ed.), resulting in a quality improvement action plan.

Quality improvement – what now?

A blog post from Professor Jennifer Tieman, CareSearch Director and Dr Katrina Erny-Albrecht, Senior Research Fellow, CareSearch, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

  • 10 May 2019
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 674
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Quality improvement – what now?

Many palliative care services are involved in quality improvement (QI) activities to make healthcare safer, effective, patient centered, timely, efficient and equitable. Professor Jennifer Tieman and Dr Katrina Erny-Albrecht from CareSearch discusses different QI approaches and the importance of evaluating these approaches to improve quality care. 

General practitioner clinical decision making for patients with life-limiting illness: does the presence of complex multimorbidity make a difference?

A guest blog post by Raechel Damarell, PhD Candidate, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

  • 9 April 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 701
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General practitioner clinical decision making for patients with life-limiting illness: does the presence of complex multimorbidity make a difference?
As the Australian population ages, general practitioners are increasingly required to manage patients burdened by multiple chronic conditions, or 'multimorbidity'. Raechel Damarell, PhD Candidate at Flinders University discusses her PhD topic to investigate if the presence of complex multimorbidity influences the clinical decision making of general practitioners for patients with a life-limiting illness.

How do consumers assess trustworthiness of online health information?

A guest blog post by Joao Pedro Guerra Boavida Ferreira, Doctor of Medicine, Instituto Portugues de Oncologia de Lisboa Francisco Gentil (Short-term placement with Southern Adelaide Palliative Services in March and April 2018)

  • 26 November 2018
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 1300
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How do consumers assess trustworthiness of online health information?
With the vast health information available in the internet and social media, how do we support health consumers get trustworthy information? In 2017, we at CareSearch conducted a survey looking at how members of the community search for and use online health information, including palliative and end-of-life care. Joao Boavida Ferreira a guest MD from Portugal working with Southern Adelaide Palliative Services and Flinders University, CareSearch, discusses the findings of the survey.
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